Governor should grant amnesty 
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PART 1. Well, mirabile dictu! The blind squirrel (aka Bill Grant) finally got one right! Will wonders never cease? Of course, so-called “leftist” Grant’s most recent offering leaves all the Government-101-challenged anti-pot so-called “right wingers” gritting their teeth “for the children”. (Gee! I thought “for the children” was a leftist talking point so teachers’ unions could get more money.)
To give both “sides” in the stupid-human pecking order struggle some food for thought seemed appropriate to celebrate this rare occasion. Hence a little lesson on the subject of Government 101.
Control over the Other (aka “government”) is irreconcilable with self-ownership (aka “individual freedom”). That’s just happens to be a self-evident reality in the material universe around us. After having personally witnessed heaps of burnt dead bodies in WW2, that was what J.R.R. Tolkien was trying to get through our thick heads with his ingenious metaphor of the One Ring in his famous Lord of the Rings trilogy: One-Ring government Power (over the Other) is inherently evil and inevitably corrupting.
Here’s how government power works (or, rather, doesn’t work): The same “government” — (there is no such real thing, only the dominant members of the stupid human pecking order struggle who like to call themselves by that deceptive euphemism) — which can persecute you for saying the “F” expletive can persecute you for saying the word “God” or the words “Jesus love you”. Why? Easy. In your mind, despite the Founders’ 1st Amendment, you gave them the power to control speech because “rightists” didn’t like hearing other people saying the “F” word and “leftists” didn’t like hearing other people say the “G” or “J” words.
The same government that can kick down your door and throw you in jail for having a marijuana cigarette can kick down your door and throw you in jail for hiding some of your hard-earned wage-slave money under your mattress instead of happily giving it to the tax collector. Or kick down your door and shoot you because they suspect you might have been driving drunk. Why? Easy. Because in your mind you gave them the power to ignore the Founders’ 4th and 5th Amendments when dealing with the kinds of people you don’t like. In other words, whether “left” or “right”, you’re the kind of idiot to whom the Bill of Rights, procedural due process, presumption of innocence (genuine presumption, not the false pretense extolled by rote to jury pools by court personnel) and rules of evidence mean absolutely nothing from a practical point of view. You just want “bad people” you don’t like to “get theirs”, whether you dislike people who smoke marijuana or you dislike “rich people” who don’t want to give “poor people” more tax money for “freebies”.

PART 2. Instead of referring to the “other guy’s” ideas you disagree with as “hate” speech and asking the manipulative government psychopaths to control his speech or throw him in jail, how about just dropping all the cutesy little rhetorical manipulations and engage in direct speech. “How do we do this?” you might ask. Easy. Drive so-called “political correctness” out of the American culture and language.
“Leftist” omedian George Carlin said, “Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance. It presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control people’s language with strict [authoritarian] codes and rules… Political correctness cripples discourse, creates ugly language and is generally stupid.” (Are you listening, Bill Grant?) I couldn’t agree more.
George Orwell said, “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia…”
“One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy. You cannot speak any of the necessary dialects, and when you make a stupid remark its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself. Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one’s own habits, and from time to time one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase — some jackboot, Achilles’ heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno, or other lump of verbal refuse — into the dustbin, where it belongs.”
George Orwell proposed speech rules I like:
“(1) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(2) Never us a long word where a short one will do.
(3) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(4) Never use the passive where you can use the active.
(5) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word — (e.g. legalese, politicalese, bureaucratese, banksterese, etc. – JW) — if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
(6) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.”

PART 3.  The main problem with so-called “government” which both Left and Right so love to try to use against each other is the inherent unworkability of the “mind-of-A-controlling-the-body-of-B” paradigm, which I call the “Government Glitch.” The reality-based definition of the word is: “Government” = person or group A coercing (via a “legal” monopoly on violence and terrorism) person or group B to obey the will of A on pain of loss of life, liberty, and property. “501(c)(3) church” = political pecking order organized to brainwash individuals into believing the lies that the thievery and murder perpetrated by “secular” so-called “government” are the “will of God.” Case in point? Imperialistic beheader Islam and its manifest attendant barbarism.
The reason so-called “government” does not work, indeed cannot EVER be sustainable, is because when the mind of A is allowed to control the body (physical labor) of B, there is no end to the wants, demands, and expectations of A’s mind. When “in Power,” the mind of A’s wants, demands, and expectations are not restricted by the reality-based physical limitations of A’s body to produce all those wants, demands, and expectations for itself. It eventually becomes lazy, greedy and crazy.  If not “in Power,” then the mind of A’s wants, demands, and expectations are restricted by the reality-based physical limitations of A’s body to produce all those wants, demands, and expectations for itself. And the mind of A remains sane.
This fact is why self-sufficiency is vastly preferable to interdependency as both a virtue and a political theory. Ultimately, it is also the reason why, in the long run, no economy can function unless it is composed of willing buyers and willing sellers in a free market. That is the one and only way to determine the fair “value” of A’s labor as expressed in terms of B’s labor. It is mechanically and arithmetically impossible for any person or group to be smart enough to set wages and prices for the happiness and prosperity of all.
“What is the moral to your little sermonette?” both leftists and rightists might ask. Simple. If you don’t want the fear mongering, loot-and-pillage, control-freak psychopaths who call themselves “government” to run your life, steal your labor, spy on you or kick down your door and shoot you, don’t give them the “legal” political power to hassle the “other guy” with whom you disagree. Debate your ideas in an intellectually honest and non-manipulative way using clear and direct language instead of wannabe-clever left-vs-right talking points.
At the end of the day, a truly free, open and transparent society based on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights with their traditional Golden Rule morality is the best thing any “compassionate” and “caring” person can do “for the children”.

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